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Thai authorities raid floating home of ‘seasteading’ pioneers Seasteading promotes living in international waters to be free of any nation’s laws. The floating home lived in by an American man and his Thai partner in the Andaman Sea (Royal Thai Navy via AP) Thai authorities have raided a floating home in the Andaman Sea belonging to an American man and his Thai...
John Downing: 'Europe has moved on to a post-Brexit world, and Ireland must follow soon'    New party: Jacob Rees-Mogg’s sister Annunziata (right) will stand as an MEP for Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party which was launched yesterday in Coventry. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire In a cafe in Brussels on Thursday afternoon, an avuncular waiter asked how, as an Irishman, I was...
AIB joins First Data in €75m Payzone bid Transaction: Payzone terminal AIB has formed a joint venture (JV) with First Data to buy 95.9pc of fintech payments group Payzone. The JV, which will be 75pc owned by AIB and 25pc owned by First Data, will acquire the ownership interest in Payzone for an enterprise value of up to €100m. The initial cash being...
Paul Waldman and Greg Sargent: 'Counsel's report is clear message to the public - and to Congress'   Jeff Sessions. Photo: REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein A little over a year ago, President Donald Trump grew so frustrated with the failure of Jeff Sessions to protect him from the Russia investigation that he exclaimed: "I don't have an attorney general." Now that Attorney General William...
LVMH's billionaire boss Arnault defends Notre-Dame donations Aerial view of the damage (Gigarama.ru/AP) France's richest man Bernard Arnault hit out on Thursday at critics of his rush to donate tens of millions of euros to the restoration of Notre-Dame cathedral, saying he would not benefit from tax breaks and branding the sniping as petty. Luxury goods group LVMH, owner of Louis Vuitton...
'Immediate no-deal threat off table, but it continues to exist' - UK chancellor Threat of no deal still looms: UK Prime Minister Theresa May will still need to get a deal through the House of Commons despite this latest extension UK Chancellor Philip Hammond has said that while the "immediate threat" of a no-deal Brexit has been taken off the table,...
A dormer that will extend your imagination The owner of this Galway home was refused permission to demolish the original bungalow, so instead she extended it in two directions to award-winning effect, writes Eithne Tynan The original bungalow is still recognisable, but up close the place is transformedThe bedrooms, of which there are four, are placed at either end of the...

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Letters to the Editor: 'If society was culpable it was due to Church brainwashing' Flowers left at the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, Galway. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire I wish the media, particularly presenters and commentators on radio and TV current affairs programmes, when discussing the mother and baby homes...
London sewer blocked by 105-tonne ‘concreteberg’ Thames Water said the huge blockage is at least 100 metres long and will take at least two months to remove. A record-breaking ‘concreteberg’ as heavy as a blue whale has been discovered in a north London sewer. The blockage, caused by people pouring concrete into drains, is the largest that water company Thames Water has...
Editorial: 'Credit due to Varadkar and Coveney for Brexit strategy' 'Had a disciplined, focused course of action not been defined, things could be so much worse.' Photo: PA comedian Robin Williams liked to poke fun at people in power. He explained the word politics as: "Poli", a Latin word meaning "many", and "tics", meaning "bloodsucking creatures". But even for comics, cynicism can...

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